Airway obstruction due to a rudimentary premaxilla in holoprosencephaly

F V Mehendale, B C Sommerlad

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OBJECTIVE: We present two infants with holoprosencephaly and clefts of the primary palate, who developed nasal airway obstruction due to a previously undocumented cause: a ball-valve-like action of a rudimentary premaxilla, which was extremely mobile on a soft tissue stalk. In such patients, the importance of intranasal examination to identify a rudimentary premaxilla, in order to preserve it, and if necessary, surgically stabilize it, is illustrated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-82
Number of pages12
JournalCleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2001


  • Airway Obstruction
  • Female
  • Holoprosencephaly
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Maxilla
  • Oral Surgical Procedures
  • Case Reports
  • Journal Article


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